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December 6, 2010

USA Counties

Entry Categories: Federal Documents   News  

If you are looking for statistics at the county level in addition to what the Census Burea collects, USA Counties can help

USA Counties features over 6,800 data items for the United States, States and counties from a variety of sources including the U. S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Social Security Administration.

Topics: age, agriculture, ancestry, banking, building permits, business patterns, crime, earnings, education, elections, employment, government, health, households, housing, income, labor force, manufactures, population, poverty, retail trade, social programs, veterans, vital statistics, water use, and wholesale trade.

Updates can be tracked easily by clicking on the What's New Link.


December 8, 2010

New Publications Received at the Library Commission

Entry Categories: State Documents  

Click here to see a list of publications received 10/21/10 - 11/24/10.


December 9, 2010

TOP 10 Must-Have Federal Government Apps

Entry Categories: Federal Documents   News  

Need to see the FBI's Most Wanted List to check out that sinister-looking person in the airport restroom? Find the nearest place to get fuel for your alternative-fuels vehicle? Find the US embassy in Paris because your passport just got stolen? The bloggers at the White House have posted a list of their favorite federal government apps for your mobile phone to help you stay connected to government services.

The list is taken from a much larger list on the web site

Yes there IS an app for that.


December 15, 2010

Spotlight on the Census Atlas of the United States

Entry Categories: Federal Documents  

Sometimes it takes years for publications from a Decennial Census to come out. This one was worth the wait. The Census 2000 Atlas of the United States

was published in late 2007. The printed volume is a stunning, large format book filled with beautiful color maps, charts and graphs portraying an incredible array of information about who we are, how we live, and where we came from.

As an immigrant to the U.S. myself, I was particularly impressed (and somewhat surprised) by the Ancestry chapter. Side-by-side maps showing "Foreign Born" in 1900 and "Ancestry" 2000
revealed German as the top self-reported ancestry in the country as a whole and in 23 states including Nebraska. Ancestry can mean different things to different people, and most of us would have more than one country of origin to report if we went back far enough.

Even if you don't have access to the print volume it's worth while taking a look at the online version. The pdf files for each chapter will take a while to load. It will probably be several years before a Census 2010 Atlas appears, if at all.



Facts about Nebraska Communities--finally!

Entry Categories: Federal Documents   News  

The American Community Survey is a wonderful thing. Annual surveys are taken in every community and rural area of the country. Because it is sample data, results have been rolled out gradually for the past five years, starting with state and county level data. Finally after 5 years we have detailed estimates for the smallest communities, which is most of our towns in Nebraska. The reason for the wait is the need to have years of data to make results more accurate and preserve confidentiality.

The quickest way to get a profile for your community is to go to the American Factfinder site

In the Get a Fact Sheet for your Community box type the name of your community and choose Nebraska. You will get a profile of social, economic, housing and population estimates. And here's the really cool part. If you click on any of the show more links it will bring up more data, still for the town you specified.


December 21, 2010

State Budget Cut Options Report Released

Entry Categories: News   State Documents  

A 69-page Legislative report, titled LR 542 Listing of Options was released in December and is available on the Nebraska Legislature's web site

LR 542, adopted by the Legislature on April 13, 2010, created an ad hoc committee chaired by
the Speaker of the Legislature, and comprised of the Executive Board Chairman and the
chairs of the Legislature’s fourteen standing committees to review all programs of state
government and each agency’s budget authority. Each committee was charged with identifying
programs within their subject-matter jurisdiction that should be considered for reduction or
elimination during the Legislature’s enactment of a budget for the following biennium during
the 2011 Session.

Speaker Mike Flood notes in his introduction to the report that

"these lists are not recommendations of the committees, but, just as their title implies, are “options”—items that the committees believe need to be carefully considered when the Legislature crafts a budget during the 2011 session" .


December 27, 2010

2009 Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates Released

Entry Categories: Federal Documents   News  

The 2009 Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates were released by the Census Bureau in December 2010 and are available on the SAIPE site

Between 2007 and 2009, the poverty rate for children ages 5 to 17 in families rose in 295 counties and declined in 19 counties, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released today showing income and poverty in 2009 for every school district and county in the nation. However, in the majority of counties across the United States, the poverty rate for children ages 5 to 17 in families showed no statistically significant change between these years. By comparing the 2009 estimates released today with those from 2007, variations can be seen from data collected prior to the recession.

The 2009 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) are available for roughly 3,140 counties and nearly 14,000 Title I-eligible school districts. The 2009 estimates also show that 1,084 counties had child poverty rates (ages 5 to 17 in families) significantly above and 866 significantly below the national poverty rate of 18.2 percent.

SAIPE, released annually, also provides county and state estimates for the total number of people in poverty, the number of children under 5 in poverty (for states only), the number of children 5 to 17 in families in poverty, the number of children under 18 in poverty and median household income



This page contains all What's Up Doc articles for December 2010. They are listed from oldest to newest.

Many more can be found on the main page or by looking through the archives.